Smells the cat was treated to a Thanksgiving treat after making a surprise trip to John F. Kennedy International Airport in a traveler’s suitcase last week.
The orange feline licked its lips over a plate of turkey with all the fixings from its Brooklyn home in a photo shared by Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein Monday.
“Smell, the cat who @TSA recently rescued from a bag checked in @JFKairport after stuffing himself in a suitcase in an attempt to fly to Orlando he enjoyed Thanksgiving at his home in Brooklyn,” Farbstein tweeted alongside the photo.
TSA agents were surprised when they spotted a tuft of orange fur sticking out of someone’s suitcase at the Queens airport on Tuesday morning.
“We’re letting the cat out of the bag on a landmark find,” the agency tweeted at the time. “This CATch had our baggage screening officers @JFKairport saying, ‘Come on meow’!”
A subsequent analysis of the luggage revealed that the cat had hitched a ride with his people’s guest who was heading to Orlando, Florida.
“Apparently Smells was planning on chasing after a big mouse he heard running around Disneyworld,” Farbstein said.
The traveler had no idea Smells was in his luggage, according to the TSA and Smells owners.
The furball was returned safely to its owners, who were called and drove down to JFK to collect it that morning.
Her owner, Alix, 37, a Brooklyn resident, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons, said Smalls must have slipped into her guest’s suitcase while she was at the work.
She said authorities suspected the man had been napping Smalls, but in reality, it was Smalls who framed himself.
“Our cats really like to check bags and boxes and apparently one of them climbed into his suitcase,” Alix said. “It was just an accident.”
While Alix said Smells didn’t seem bothered by the surprise trip, he seemed happy to be home – and behind a large plate of turkey and a glass of red wine.
New York Post